A big birthday looms on the imminent horizon. If I was to say that it's one of those that end in an 0 and that I've just applied for a Senior Railcard, I don't think that you'll need any more clues. I've got mixed feelings about the forthcoming event which isn't really surprising but funnily enough I'm feeling happier about it than when I was approaching the big 4-0. I wonder why.
To help celebrate this auspicious occasion himself, the lovely man that he is, has treated me to a special joint Christmas and birthday present in the shape of a DSLR camera with various accessories. It arrived yesterday either late or early depending on which way you look at it. I'm now on a steep learning curve as I get to grips with a new item of modern technology. There was no time to play yesterday whilst today after an initial bright start, soon turned on to one of those lights on before lunch time January days. I still managed to fit in a little time this morning though photographing some of the snowdrops in the greenhouse. They are coming on in leaps and bounds and are much earlier in flower than last year. I'm hoping that one or two favourites will get there this week so I should be able to practise more. I've already learned that I am not able to take a photo with the lens cap still in place.
"Lifelong learning" - was a phrase that left my lips many times in my working days and this is a case in point - another challenge to look forward to. No doubt there will be many more lessons learned along the way. In the meantime it's back to studying the manual!